The purpose of this module is to provide you with an introductory grounding in audiology, including adult diagnostic assessment, rehabilitation and otology; underpinned by theoretical knowledge and understanding. You will also develop skills in integrating clinical findings and drawing conclusions. It will allow you to develop a critical understanding of advanced audiological techniques. The psychological, social and emotional impacts of hearing and balance problems are also highlighted in this module, with an emphasis on patient-centered communication and shared decision-making. This module could involve contact with children and vulnerable adults so an enhanced DBS check is required. This module will also develop your employability skills.
The module also develops your pre-clinical practical skills in a range of audiological assessment and rehabilitation techniques with non-clinical populations using our in-house skills laboratory and audiology clinic. You must attend all on-campus practical learning and assessment sessions when taking this module. The online counterpart, Clinical Audiology (online) is available for those unable to attend the on-campus practical learning and assessments.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Demonstrate an effective (including an accurate, ethical, compelling and professional) account of your knowledge, skills, competencies, values and aspirations as if to potential relevant future employers.
- Explain and critically evaluate the application of patient-centred care and evidence-based practice in clinical audiology to a range of scenarios as well as the factors influencing its effectiveness, including the principles of joint identifying individual need, shared decision making, joint goal setting and supporting self-management, the application of various counselling approaches and the psychological factors that may influence patients’ engagement in, and success with, the rehabilitation process.
- Describe the epidemiology and pathophysiology of a range of disorders affecting the auditory system as well as their medical diagnosis and medical and surgical treatment options
- Demonstrate effective clinical reasoning skills in adult audiological assessment, including during the planning of assessment strategy, carrying out the assessment procedure, critically evaluating assessment results and determining what further action is needed. It involves reference to appropriate evidence, including clinical guidance and research studies.
- Demonstrate mastery of effective self-directed learning and scientific communication.
- Explain and critically evaluate the theoretical basis, clinical context and clinical application of a range of standard audiology techniques for the assessment of the ear and hearing for adults with reference to the evidence base and relevant profession and technical standards.
- Demonstrate basic competence in several audiological techniques with non-clinical populations and clinically realistic scenarios with respect to profession and technical standards, including showing effective patient-centred communication and care, effective technical and manual skills, professionalism, decision-making and problem-solving skills, and identifying the need for onward referral. Specifically: otoscopy, pure-tone audiometry with and without masking, aural impressions, real-ear measurements and several rehabilitative techniques.
>Types of hearing loss
>Pathologies of the external, middle and inner ears, their differential diagnosis and their medical/surgical treatments
>The direct clinical examination of the ear
>The principles and underpinning techniques of the clinical assessment of the auditory system via air and bone-conduction and associated challenges (including cross-hearing and sources of noise)
>Subjective assessment of hearing in adults (including applied aspects of psychoacoustics)
>Objective assessment of the middle and inner ears, auditory nerve and central auditory processes of adults
>Professional and technical standards (including British Society of Audiology recommended procedures and guidelines, British Academy of Audiology guidelines and international standards for calibration)
>Deaf awareness training (including recognising and understanding the impact of hearing loss, communication tactics, deaf community and culture)
>Clinical report writing and note taking
>Pure-tone audiometry with and without masking
>Tympanometry and acoustic reflex testing
>Otoacoustic emissions and auditory brainstem evoked responses
>Aural impression taking
>Hearing aid testing in test box
>Digital hearing aid prescription and programming
>The integration of assessment results to identify hearing loss, to establish the magnitude of the hearing loss, the site of lesion and the impact on the patient’s life, and to guide management
>The application of patient-centred care and evidence-based practice in clinical audiology to a range of scenarios as well as the factors influencing its effectiveness
Clinical practice (pre-clinical skills you will learn on-campus)
>Patient-centred communication (summatively assessed)
>Otoscopy (summatively assessed)
>Pure-tone audiometry with and without masking (summatively assessed)
>Tympanometry and acoustic reflex testing (summatively assessed)
>Aural impression taking (summatively assessed)
>Real-ear measurement (summatively assessed)
>Rehabilitative techniques (summatively assessed)
>Assessing your ‘career readiness’
>Exploring UK and international labour markets
>Applications (including CV and personal statement writing) and interview skills
>Building your personal online ‘brand’ to present to employers
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Teaching methods include:
- Flipped learning sessions
- Tutorials, including discussion of ethnographic videos to support your learning of patient-centered communication
- Individual and group work on formative tasks
- Practical sessions for clinical skills (small group work with one tutor per group)
|Wider reading or practice||80|
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||50|
|Practical classes and workshops||30|
|Total study time||300|
The practical assessments are known as Objective Structured Practical Examinations (OSCEs). You must pass each OSCE individually.
If you don’t pass all components of assessment and OSCEs on first attempt, you will refer only on those that you didn’t pass first time. Consequently, you will refer only on these OSCEs that you didn’t pass first time.
If you need to repeat the module, you can carry over the pass/fail components if you passed them already. For the OSCEs, you must have passed all at first attempt or referral for that component to be carried over. All other components of assessment must be repeated. If you are carrying over the OSCEs, you can repeat the year internally or externally. If not carrying over the OSCEs, you must repeat the year internally because of needing to repeat the practical sessions and the OSCEs.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
An internal repeat is where you take all of your modules again, including any you passed. An external repeat is where you only re-take the modules you failed.
Repeat type: Internal & External